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What is Lortab Addiction?

For many people who suffer an injury or have a serious illness, Lortab addiction can easily become a real threat.

Lortab is a medication that is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a combination of acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever, and hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone, which is an opioid, is what makes Lortab especially dangerous.

Opioids are highly addictive because they can change your brain’s chemistry over time.

It also carries a serious risk of overdose and death. Let us help you learn more about this drug, as well as how abusing it can affect you.

Understanding Lortab

Lortab has the same effect as most other opioid pain relievers. When you take Lortab, the hydrocodone binds to opioid receptors in your brain.

This makes your brain release chemicals, including dopamine, which work to reduce pain.

A side effect of this process is a feeling of euphoria, or a “high.” When it is used as prescribed under a doctor’s supervision, Lortab is a safe way to treat pain for short periods of time.

However, if taken inappropriately or without a prescription, there is a high risk of developing a Lortab addiction.

How do you Abuse Lortab?

While Lortab is not one of the more common opioids that are abused, it is still possible to develop a Lortab addiction.

People who take Lortab as prescribed are at a very low risk of developing an addiction.

Abuse is when you take Lortab more often than you are supposed to, in higher doses than you are supposed to, or if you take it without a prescription.

Once you begin abusing Lortab, your body starts to become dependent on it.

You will have to take more and more in order to feel its effects.

Once you get to the point that you have to take it in order to feel normal, you have developed a Lortab addiction.

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How Lortab Addiction Affects Your Body

Taken appropriately in normal doses, the side effects of Lortab addiction are minimal. But when you abused, the side effects of Lortab addiction can be unpleasant and even cause damage to your body.

The most common side effects of Lortab are:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pains
  • Constipation

The other side effects of Lortab addiction come from the acetaminophen it contains.

If you have a Lortab addiction, the high amounts that you are taking can lead to too much acetaminophen in your body.

This can cause serious damage to your liver, eventually leading to liver failure.

And if you mix Lortab with alcohol, benzos, or depressants, you are at a much higher risk of experiencing an overdose.

What is a Lortab Overdose?

One of the possible side effects of Lortab addiction is an overdose.

This happens when the amount of Lortab in your body reaches toxic levels. High amounts of opioids cause your breathing to slow dramatically, and sometimes even stop.

It can also happen when you mix Lortab with other drugs. Here are some signs of a Lortab overdose:

  • Slow, irregular, or labored breathing
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Dilated pupils
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you see that you or someone else is showing the side effects of a Lortab overdose, call for help immediately.

Ambulances carry a special drug called naloxone with them, that is very effective at reversing an opioid overdose.

Naloxone is most effective when administered as soon as possible after overdose symptoms appear.

Mental Illness and Lortab Addiction

People with a history of mental health issues have been shown to have a higher chance of getting a Lortab addiction. This is especially true if you have ever experienced severe anxiety or depression, or have been diagnosed with a panic disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder.

Many people with these types of mental health problems turn to drugs to try and treat their symptoms. While it may make you feel better in the short term by making you feel relaxed and happy, in the long run you will experience many negative side effects of Lortab addiction.

Over time, you will find that your mental health symptoms actually get worse, especially when you are not high. If you are struggling with a Lortab addiction and also have a history of mental health issues, it is very important that you seek treatment.

For people who have a history of mental health issues, oxycodone can be an even more dangerous medication to take. This is especially true if you have ever experienced depression or anxiety, or have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, panic disorder, or major depressive disorder.

People with these types of mental health issues are more likely to abuse or develop an addiction to oxycodone. Many people try to treat their mental health symptoms by taking oxycodone to feel more relaxed and happier.

All this does is cover up your symptoms instead of treating them. If you are struggling with an oxycodone addiction and also experiencing mental health issues, it is very important that you receive treatment for both of these issues.

Treatment Options

The first step in overcoming a Lortab addiction is going through detox. Because the side effects of Lortab addiction and withdrawal can be unpleasant to deal with, we recommend our clients try Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT.

MAT works by giving clients doses of special medications that help with withdrawal symptoms.

This makes the detox process much easier to get through. Once you have finished detoxing, we can begin the real work of helping you to kick your addiction for good through therapy.

We find a lot of success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. CBT allows us to work with you to figure out the reasons for using substances, and how your beliefs and expectations influence your behaviors.

By getting the reasons behind why you have an addiction, we can help you create a plan to a positive recovery.

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Let us Help You Overcome Your Addiction

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we know that recovery will only happen if you receive treatment for both your addiction and your mental health issues. Because of the way that opioids affect your brain, Lortab addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome.

That is why we have created a highly effective treatment plan to help people addicted to opioids like Lortab. At North Jersey Recovery Center, we know that addiction does not just affect your physical health, it also affects your mental and spiritual health.

That is why we tailor all of our treatment programs to fit the unique needs of every client.

We offer multiple levels of care, which allows us to help even those who have professional or educational commitments.

Our facility was designed with our clients’ comfort and success in mind, providing unique amenities, privacy and a supportive recovery environment.

You can trust our team of experienced, highly-qualified addiction professionals to help you through every step of your recovery journey.

We realize that many of our clients worry about how they are going to pay for their treatment.

That is why we accept most private & commercial insurance plans. Simply reach out to use and we will complete a free verification of your benefits and coverage for addiction treatment. If your insurance plan will not cover our services, we will not simply stop helping you on your recovery journey.

Instead, our admissions team will work with you to make sure you get directed to a rehab center that your insurance plan will be willing to cover.

No matter how serious your addiction is, or how long you have been suffering from a Lortab addiction, you can still make the choice to get clean.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we are here to help you design your recovery plan for maximum success.

Let us give you the tools you need to overcome this addiction, and get back to leading a happy, healthy life.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.